Community Outreach and Engagement Award

Award overview

The Extended University Programs Community Engagement Award is presented annually to Western Michigan University (WMU) instructors in the form of an individual, program, or group award. To qualify, candidates must have taught at least one course at a WMU regional location or online within two years of the application. Candidates must complete the award application according to the instructions listed below. Multiple awards may be offered per award cycle, with winners receiving a one-time honorarium of up to $1000 (subject to tax), per award. Awards will be presented annually at spring convocation, and all awardees will be asked to give a presentation highlighting their work.

Application info below

Award considerations

The Extended University Programs Community Engagement Award employs the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification definition of engagement, in alignment with WMU’s achievement of the voluntary designation. Engagement is defined as: “Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” (view page)

Recipients must document and exhibit the following in their teaching, research, or service:

  • New partnership with a community-based organization;
  • Significantly revised course or program curricula or scholarship that inherently engages students with a community external to WMU;
  • A significant impact on the community with which the candidate is engaged;
  • Research or service collaboration with external community members; and
  • Assisting students in finding external collaborations to enhance their work in a course or in the program overall.

Eligibility

All WMU instructors who have taught or were teaching at one of WMU’s regional locations or online within two years of the nomination or application are eligible. Individuals currently serving as council members are ineligible. The award will not be given to the same individual or group in consecutive years.

Application

An abstract or overview (maximum 1500 words) describing:

  1. Nature, scope and duration of the partnership/collaboration.
  2. Reciprocity of the relationship between the program and partner.
  3. Integration of scholarship, research, teaching, and learning into the partnership/collaboration.
  4. Challenges presented and how these were overcome.
  5. Impacts of the partnership/collaboration on course or program curricula.
  6. Duration and sustainability of the partnership /collaboration.

Two letters of support from stakeholders:

  1. One (1) from community partner or organization
  2. And minimum of one (1) other from the following suggested categories:
    1. dean, chair, or director
    2. student
    3. faculty or staff colleague

All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. the second Monday in October. No late submissions will be considered. The award will be presented at an event to be held at spring convocation. Nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate EUP Council or its designated subordinate group

Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.

Scoring rubric

Scoring:

  • 0 = Does not meet expectations
  • 1 = Meets expectations
  • 2 = Exceeds expectations
Component Score Comments
Abstract    
Letters of support    
Nature, scope, and duration of the partnership and collaboration    
Reciprocity of the relationship between the program and partner    
Integration of scholarship, research, teaching, and learning
into the partnership and collaboration
   
Challenges presented and how these were overcome    
Impacts of the partnership and collaboration on course or program curricula    
Duration and sustainability of the partnership and collaboration